Author's note/disclaimer: The Buffyverse characters were created by Joss Whedon. The crossover characters were created by their creators, and I'll get into the details when I have to.
This is a sequel of sorts to "Slayerz," but not THE sequel; this is mostly getting together the support staff for the New York branch of the Slayers.
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BETWEEN THREE HOURS AND FOUR WEEKS LATER
To note, neither Xander, Dawn, nor Giles was particularly happy with what had happened to Buffy either, though there was nothing they could do about it by the time Buffy got around to telling them.
Most of the rest of the New York contingent – Jess Bedford, Vickie Del Rio, Harriet Lewis, Milla Marinovich (who was recovering nicely from having a hammer thrown into her forehead), Kestrel Walker and Paula Wing – mixed gratitude to Buffy for keeping them out of it (even though, to a woman, they insisted that they would have taken the hit if they’d had to) with irritation at the New York justice system for their perceived ingratitude.
“Don’t those fools know what you did?” Harriet asked. “You saved that DA’s life. We saved that DA’s life.”
“Yeah,” Buffy said. “Now go explain how we did it without explaining who and what we are.”
The only two people who were reasonably sanguine with Buffy’s decision were Kennedy – who knew that McCoy was being grateful – and Faith, who understood better than most the concept of taking responsibility for your actions and not asking for special favors.
It took Kennedy only a couple of days to track down a New York brownstone – on West 35th Street, which meant it had cost her big bucks -- with sewer access. Buffy looked at the three-story building – with basement – and said to Kennedy, “How much shopping exactly do you think I’m going to be doing in the next six months?”
Kennedy laughed. “This isn’t just for you. While you’ve been busy setting up your community service and dealing with everyone else, I’ve been setting up the New York branch office you said was a good idea.
“I did? That’s right, I did. Now what does Giles think about this?”
“Giles thinks it’s fine. While we do have a ‘college’ down at the Unbroken Academy, that doesn’t mean everyone has to attend it. And of the Slayers we have up here, only Paula’s under 18. The rest are willing to go to college around here next year, to make this work.”
“So I’d be sharing my house with everyone?”
“No, only me and Willow. This is headquarters. We’ll have a room set up as a bunk room if people need to crash after a hard fight, though.
“Support staff?” Buffy asked.
“I’m working on that,” Kennedy said. “I have a couple of people in mind. Giles has been working on a list of people around here who know who we are. The list isn’t the size of a phone back, but it’s got several dozen. Certainly some of them would be willing to help.”
“Let’s hope,” Buffy said.